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violence. for more we go now to athena jones in washington. >> reporter: as students at sandy hook elementary returned to class. former congresswoman gabrielle giffords -- nearly killed in a mass shooting two years ago -- visited newtown, connecticut. and on capitol hill, lawmakers arrived to begin a new session on congress. with members in both chambers taking aim at guns. > "this is a fight that the american people are going to have to stand up and stiffen their spine." >> reporter: california democratic senator dianne feinstein plans to introduce a bill to ban more than a hundred assault weapons -- eight years after the old ban she championed expired. another senate bill would ban high-capacity magazines. and among nearly a dozen gun bills introduced on day one in the house are efforts to ban online sales of ammunition and to require background checks for all firearm sales, including at gun shows. two bills from freshmen republican congressmen -- would allow more guns around schools -- echoing the position of the national rifle association. a bad guy with a gun is a good guy wit
attends tomorrow's public ceremony? i want to go now to cnn's athena jones live from capitol hill. athena, the last few weeks between the president and republicans has been pretty bad. what will the crowd look like in terms of the gop? will we see any gop? >> reporter: we absolutely will see some, don, you know, the congressional leadership on both sides, republicans and democrats, is planning to attend. we expect more senators from both parties to attend. the real question here is the rank and members of the gop on the house side. you know, it's very difficult to survey them all but we did get a chance to catch up with north carolina republican from raleigh, a very republican area. his name is george holding. he says he is planning to go we note former vice presidential candidate, paul ryan, has said he sees that as his obligation to go. of course, i mentioned the leadership, folks like speaker boehner and minority leader mitch mcconnell, they will all be there. let's listen to what republican senator from wyoming, john bar ras, so he told candy this morning about how he is coming. >> as
stand-in at today's big dress rehearsal. athena jones had a front-row seat to the stage and joins us live on the mall. hello, athena. >> reporter: hi, martin. >> who are the major players? >> reporter: you just showed some of t this has been a dress rehearsal, realtime that took place during a large part of today, starting in the morning. we saw the fife and drum band practicing, every branch of the military marching in formation and then the stand-ins, the stand-ins for the president and vice president as well as the first lady and even two little girls standing in for sasha and mally yeah, the guy standing in for president obama said the view from that podium is really, really fantastic. >> once-in-a-lifetime experience. what is it going to be like for tourists? can you get a hotel room there. >> reporter: this time around, 600,000 to 800,000, stale lot of people. if you are looking for a hotel room, you are in luck, according to the chamber of commerce. we got a chance to speak with them. let's listen to that. >> we are told that the hotels are not sold out. that is very different
to the right place. >> cnn's athena jones is live in our washington bureau. good morning. john boehner was re-elected, but it wasn't easy, was it? >> about a dozen of his colleagues voted against him or for someone else like eric cantor or just said present. they abstained from voting. they said they wanted to put the speaker on notice. it isn't as though his leadership, him winning that election, was ever in doubt. let's listen to what one new congressman had to say to explain his vote. >> we are challenging leadership to let him know that we're going to hold him accountable just like i get held accountable in my district. we want to let him know we're watching. we're willing to work with leadership, and i look forward to doing that. that's why i stuck with the republican party with mr. cantor. >> and so in the end, boehner got 220 out of the caucus, 234. it's a small percentage of people that didn't end up voting for him, but it still signals there could be a little dissension in the ranks, which is what we've been seeing already. >> dissension in the ranks. we have a debt ceiling to tackle
, rehearsing for next week's second inauguration of barack obama and vice president joe biden. and athena jones now joins us live from washington. and athena, it seems they really wanted to make it look like the real thing, especially when you look at the stand-ins and detail they went to. >> it was a full dress rehearsal done in realtime, you saw the fife and drum band playing, the marine band, members of the military matching in formation and those stand-ins you mentioned for president obama and the first lady, for vice president biden and even two young girls there to stand in for sasha and malia. folks are saying that the people standing in for the first couple actually resemble the first couple. we'd chance to speak with them and the woman who is standing in for the first lady said she tried harness a little bit of michelle obama's style so i think they had some fun with it today, martin. >> i'm sure they did. let's talk about crowds, the first time of the inauguration was historic, it is still historic, i'm wondering, will the crowds be the same? >> we asked the chamber of commerce about
. wireless providers say they have you covered. athena jones joins us from the capitol. they're going to get help from something called cows. what are we talking about here? >> good morning, john. cow stands for cell on wheels. a temporary mobile cell phone tower. things like companies like at&t and sprint will fortify the network with all the people coming in. half the number of people expected in 2009 but people will be coming with smartphones and smartphones means more data. back in 2009, global smartphone sales only accounted for 11% of sales. now it's nearly 40% as of the most recent numbers. that's a lot more people putting a lot more demands on the network. >> it's really interesting that everyone is taking this into consideration here, i have to say. what are some tips that you can give to all of us to make sure we get our messages through? >> it's a good thing they're planning for this. they know people will take pictures and videos and everyone gets excited and share with their friends and show they're there in a special place on this special day. focus on texts. much easier to sen
. at 11:55 a.m., the president will be sworn in for a second term as well. let's bring in cnn's athena jones, in washington up on capitol hill what all right vice president's swearing-in ceremony be like? we are all going to see it in the next few minutes. give us a little preview, athena. >> reporter: hi, wolf. you mentioned that justice sotomayor will be swearing in vice president biden. he personally select herd to do the swearing in. we are told she is the first hispanic and fourth female judge to conduct a swearing in. one other detail, interesting factoid, i guess, is that vice president biden will be using a family bible, a bible that's been in the biden family since 1893. we are told it is five inches thick and used the bible in all of his past swearing-ins as senator. and a few tidbits to look out for as we wait for the next few minutes, wolf. >> as jeffrey toobin mentioned -- excuse me, as david gergen mentioned a little while ago, athena, the vice president had a little gaffe last night, maybe foreshadowing his plans for 2016. but tell us what happened. >> you know, this sou
a change to try and stop that. here is cnn's athena jones with more. >> reporter: listeria in cantaloupes, salmonella in peanut butter, e-coli in lettuce. food borne illnesses strike one in six americans every year according to the centers for disease control. nearly 130,000 of them end up in the hospital and some 3,000 die. new rules proposed are aimed at changing that, being applauded by food safety advocates. >> this is a really important step to developing food safety standards that would prevent contamination in food whether being produced in a food factory or produced on the farm. >> reporter: the rules would require many domestic and foreign producers of food to be sold in the u.s. to develop plans to prevent their foods from causing food borne illnesses and to correct any problems that do arise. the rules also set standards for the safe production and harvesting of fruits and vegetables making sure workers wash their hands for example. it would focus on high risk areas like agricultural water, equipment, and keeping dmesty kated and wild animals out of fields. >> what these rules
-ins are in the capital today, rehearsing for next week's second inauguration of barack obama barack obama. athena jones is in washington to give us a sneak preview, hello. i guess they started early and i suppose they're trying to make sure they work out all the kinks, you don't want to have anything go wrong on the big day, do you. >> certainly not, you think every four years they'll try to get it right. today we've seen fife and drums, military bands, we've seen people standing in for the vice president and for president obama, as well as the first lady. and two young girls standing in for sasha and mallia to make it as close to how they expect it to be as possible next week. there's a lot of excitement here in town. we had a chance to speak with the president of the chamber of commerce about some of their expectations, let's listen. >> what we're hearing is anywhere from 600,000 to 800,000 people coming into the city. you compare that to 2008, 2009, 2008 election, 2009 inauguration, it was almost two million. 1.8. those of us in the business community would love to see two million people in our city
a solution to the nation's gun violence problem. the issue isn't just dividing lawmakers. as athena jones tells us, religious groups are also at >> "you all know this is a complicated issue." >> reporter: gun control is front and center at the white house. and a matter of debate among christians. (church bells) >> "there is a fascinating religious divide on the issue of gun control." >> reporter: a survey by the public religion research institute- conducted before the newtown shooting- found six in ten catholics support stricter gun control laws, compared to about a third of white evangelical protestants and 42 percent of white mainline protestants. >> "it's just not about theology. it's also about culture and geography." >> reporter: the poll also found white evangelicals are the most likely to own guns. many live in southern and rural areas where guns are a way of life. so what does the bible say about weapons? >> "scripture teaches that christians are not to take weapons and avenge other people. however, there is an affirmation that government evil doers." >> reporter: with polls showi
.m. hundreds will be cheering us on, as well as the president. athena jones has the latest. good morning, athena. give us the goods. what events can we look forward to here? >> good morning. it kicks off this morning with a national day of service. a series of public service events held across the area, including at the national mall. and sunday is the day, we have the official swearing in. semi private ceremony at the white house. we'll see video of that. and monday, kicks off with a church service at st. john's church across lafayette park from the white house. and hundreds of people are expected, singing performances from people like james taylor, kelly clarkson and beyonce, followed by the parade. and it doesn't wrap up on monday. there is a prayer service on tuesday morning. a lot of folks wondering about the weather. quite cold this morning. but the forecast for monday is a low of 25, so it might be very, very chilly early on in that day, and a high of 40, which is around about the average for presidential inauguration days. in recent years. >> work on the weather for us, apt athen
the flu. our athena jones is live at a flu clinic in falls church, virginia. nice to see you. we've been hearing everyone needs to get the flu shot. i'm wondering now, are there enough of the vaccine, is there enough of the vaccine to go around? >> you know, doctors say there is enough of the vaccine. i believe you have numbers from the cdc showing there are still mill krons of doses, millions were manufactured. millions have been distributed but not as many people have gotten the vaccine. so there are still millions more. we're in falls church just outside of washington, d.c. virginia is one of the states where the flu has been widespread. let's head inside this clinic right now. i'll show you what they've been up to today. this is a clinic that's multiservice. you can get dental treatment here and come in if you get the flu, think you have the flu or you want a shot. we're told by the folks here they've seen an increase in the number of people coming in to get shots or calling to see if the shots are available here. just in the first 12 days of january, they say they do still have shot
on capitol hill more than a decade but his confirmation process won't be smooth sailing. athena jones is at the white house. and athena, hageling anered some lawmakers, especially because of the positions he has taken on middle east issues. what has he done that could cause challenges, say, for him here? were vernely has proven to be a controversial figure, even though's republican. you would think this would be a bipartisan choice that could maybe please both said by let's listen to what south carolina senator lindsey graham had to say this morning on "state of the union," touching on several of the problems he has with hagel. >> chuck hagel, if confirmed to be secretary of defense, would be the most antagonistic secretary of defense towards the state of israel in our nation's history. not only has he said you should directly negotiate with iran, sanctions won't work, that israel must negotiate with hamas, an organization, terrorist group that lobs thousands of rockets into israel, he also was one of 12 senators who refused to sign a letter to the european union trying to designate h
-- it's like the word for the parthenon because athena was a virgin goddess, the word is parthenos and that's the word that appears in greek of isaiah 7:14 but it's not the order in the original hebrew. >> what's the word? >> the hebrew text says ama. >> what does that translate to. >> it's the word for young girl which has its own greek word. >> what's the greek word. >> the greek word would be nianis. >> niansus is not parthenos. >> i have three daughters, we hope that young girls are virgins but it's not the same word. >> mary is not a parthenos. >> i don't know if she was or not but the text says -- >> how do you know the hebrew was mistranslated when put into greek. >> hebrew has word for virgin. it's tula and that's not what the hebrew text is. >> all right now, she is attacking the whole notion of the virgin birth of jesus christ. when she points to this translaws, what do you say about that. >> where i would take issue professor sore fredriksen is assuming because of the greek text, because of that difference empty words between the greek and hebrew text that that's the rea
confirmation process isn't expected to be smooth. athena jones is at the white house and hagel, athena, has angered some lawmakers, many because of the positions he has taken up on middle east issues. what has he done that could cause challenges, say, for him here? >> reporter: well, that's right. even though this is a republican who served as nebraska senator for two terms, it sounds like a bipartisan choice but really, it's just going to be shaping had up to be another fight. one of the issues here that has angered the lgbt community is comments he made back in 1998 questioning a nominee for ambassadorship because that nominee was in his words, openly, aggressively gay p he has recently apologized for those remarks but these just a sampling. the big issues are -- more big issues on the foreign policy side. let's listen to what south carolina senator lindsey graham had to say about his concerns about hagel on "state of the union" this morning. >> chuck hagel, if confirmed to be secretary of defense, would be the most antagonistic secretary of defense towards the state of israel in our nati
's athena jones has a look. >> reporter: gun control is front and center at the white house and a matter of debate among christians. >> there is a fascinating religious divide over the issue of gun control. >> reporter: a survey by the research institute conducted before the newtown shooting found that 6 in 10 catholics support stricter gun control laws compared to one-third of white evangelical protestants and 42% of white mainline protestants. >> it is not just about theology, but about culture and theology. >> reporter: and polls showed that white evan gels can mostly to own guns and most live in southern and rural areas where owning guns is the widest. what is the message? >> the message is not to avenge other people, but however, the government has a divine role to punish evil do-ers. >> reporter: with polls showing increased support for ban on some guns. >> there is a message to tamp down the mass violence that does not mean taking away everyone's guns. >> reporter: the pastor is calling for evangelicals to ban high capacity magazines and assault weapons. >> the scripture calls for
are very divided on the issue of firearms. athena jones has a look. >> you all know this is a complicated issue. >> reporter: gun control is front and center at the white house. and a matter of debate among christi christians. >> there is a fascinating religious divide on the issue of gun control. >> reporter: a survey by the public religion institute conducted before the newtown shooting found six in ten catholics support stricter gun control laws compared to a third of white evangelical protestants and white main line protestants. >> it's about culture and geography. >> white evangelicals are the most likely to own guns. several live in rural areas where guns are a way of life. what does the bible say about weapons? >> the christians are not to take weapons and avenge other people. however, there is an affirmation that government has a divine role to punish evil doers. >> reporter: showing increased support for rules after newtown, could we see a shift amongst evan yellicals? >> there are things we can do as a society to tamp down this kind of mass vierance. >> reporter: pastor darling
to be defense secretary. athena jones standing by in washington. chuck hagel has detract tors on both sides of the political aisle. he has critics in the gay and lesbian community. why are some in that community criticizing his nomination? >> back in 1998, then senator hagel called into question the suitability offer a nominee for an ambassadorship because he was gay. he called it an inhibiting factor that man was openly aggressively gay and questioned whether he could do an effective job. he apologized for those comments in december. it is still something that the lgb community is not happy about. >> when does this process get started? do we know when the hearings will begin? >> they won't be able to happen until the president makes his official announcement, which, as you know, is planned for tomorrow. the first step is going to be hearings in the senate armed services committee. after hagel gets through that, assuming he gets through that, he will go before the full senate for a vote. we expect it to get started soon. >> he is a nebraska republican and also a vietnam veteran. interesting
on pullback, but not this one. i would rather own athena health. last friday john in new jersey asked about just energy group, je. and i said i would get back to him. they sell natural gas and electricity. natural gas hovers around low levels. a big part of energy's business. so lack of demand is a concern. 12.5% yield, worry some. a serious red flag. just energy's cash, the cash flow, under pressure for higher market expenses, a dividend cut could happen. steer clear. just say no to just energy. now some tweets. let's start with a tweet from steven crawford, @smcbmt, i don't know. who says darden, dri, worthy of more homework for dividend portfolio or don't waste the time? they have to grow, they are not putting up numbers that would make me feel comfortable saying this is good dividend play. flip ncf, thanks for the tip, up 28%, you still liking the stock? a great company. and vaccines too. this company is terrific. we know when we have the ceo on, he's dine nahhia might. this tweet from been at stcil. excellent avy with you and pop. that's my dad. nothing more important than family. coul
's a hot space, though. buy a stock on pullback, but not this one. i would rather own athena health. the health care service company we talked to you about last night. i thought it was pretty good. very extensive. last friday john in new jersey asked about just energy group. symbol je. i said i boo get back to him. they sell natural gas and electricity. natural gas hovers around low levels. the company's customers are in no rush to lock in long-term contracts. a big part of energy's business. so lack of demand is a concern. 12.5% yield, worry some. a serious red flag. you know what, just energy's cash, the cash flow is under pressure from the company's expansion michigantives and higher marketing expenses. a dividend cut could actually happen. steer clear of the stock. no question. just say no to just energy. now some tweets. let's start with a tweet from steven crawford, @smcbmt, i don't know. who says darden, dri, worthy of more homework for dividend portfolio or don't waste the time? they have to grow, they are not putting up numbers that would make me feel comfortable saying thi
to an abortion. the ruling was based on the 14th amendment right to privacy. athena jones is joining us live from washington. set the scene for us here. >> reporter: you can see behind me thousands of people here are gathered on the mall, young and old. people from all over the country. i saw a group of high school students from memphis, tennessee. i've seen banners from michigan. they are here as you mentioned to mark the 40th anniversary of roe v. wade. this group, march for life, has been organizing this march since one year after the decision. they continue to come every year. you can see the signs they hold. defend life. they have a series of speakers here and later on they'll march to the supreme court which is their ultimate goal. their ultimate goal is to find a case to challenge roe v. wade. >> do we know if there are cases that are actually in the process of challenging roe v. wade? >> reporter: we know there was one that some thought the supreme court could add to the docket this year. a case out of oklahoma that dealt with personhood laws. abortion opponents in oklahoma wanted to brin
for action. athena jones is joining us from the white house. looks like a start of a major campaign to get gun control legislation through congress, athena. >> reporter: exactly. it's a major campaign and vice president biden's speech before those mayors is to win public support for the gun proposals. leading that task force to come up with some of the proposals that he talked about yesterday and so it's really no surprise to see him out pushing this again today. let's listen to a little bit about what he had to say to the mayors. >> if we speak for those we lost, we speak for our children and our families, if we have the courage to do what we know is the right thing to do, then we'll have the most powerful voice. and we, you, our citizens will change the nation. i've been in this fight a long time. i have no illusions about the fight that is in front of us. i have no illusions about the distortions that will come from all sides. but i know full well the political obstacles that will be thrown up against us are not unpenetrate table. >> reporter: vice president biden was highlighting somet
victims. this after the outrage over speaker boehner canceling the initial vote early this week. athena jones live in our washington bureau. expected to be an easy one today, dana? >> it looks like it will be passed. about $9.7 billion in borrowing authority for the national flood insurance program. that program will run out of money as soon as next week. that's right around the corner, and the house is expected to come in this morning. past that. the senate voted for the larger version bill, and the house is broken into two pieces. the house is expected to approve that scaled-down part as well. >> the other big money vote a few weeks from now. >> january 15th they'll come back and look at 51 billion in a larger set of aid a little bit of controversy over that, and some house members saying a lot of pork in this bill, conservative groups saying that, and there could be a little bit of a closer look on that vote. a couple of weeks from now. but this initial amount for flood insurance looks good to go. >> thank you very much. >>> staying in washington, all in the family as senators took t
it. our athena jones is live at a flu clinic in falls church, virgin virginia. nice to see you. over the last few days we've been advising people to get the flu shot. now i'm beginning to wonder is there enough to go around as far as the vaccine? >> reporter: hi, martin. we're here at a clinic in falls church, virginia, just outside of washington, d.c. this is a multiservice clinic so they have dental care as well as medical care. this clinic has gotten under way a few hours ago. people say -- doctors say there are enough vaccinations to go around nationwide. i think we have some numbers from the cdc we can put up on the screen. it shows you millions of doses have already been given but millions of doses still remain. they say sometimes there can be spot shortages in certain areas so people might need to call ahead or shop around to make sure that the vaccine is available where they're going opinion at this clinic here, they do still have vaccine available. in fact, we've seen some people come in this morning and get the flu shot, people saying they just want to be safe, that they've
for and some against what is proposed, and some of that discord will be from religious groups. cnn's athena jones has more on the religious divide on the gun control debate. >> you all know this is a complicated issue. >> reporter: gun control is front and center at the white house. and a matter of debate among christians. >> there's a fascinating religious divide on the issue of gun control. >> reporter: a survey by the public religion research institute conducted before the newtown shooting found 6 in 10 catholics support stricter gun control laws compared to about a third of white evangelical protestants and 42% of white mainline protestants. >> it's not just about theology, it's also about culture and geography. >> reporter: the poll found white evangelicals are the most likely to own guns. many live in southern around rural areas. what does the bible say about weapons? >> christians are not to take weapons and avenge other people. however there's an affirmation that the government has a divine role to punish evildoers and so there's been tension. >> reporter: with polls showing increas
obstacles do remain. cnn's athena jones reports on that. >> reporter: as students as sandy hook elementary returned to class, former congresswoman gabrielle giffords, nearly killed in a mass shooting two years ago, visited newtown, connecticut and on capitol hill lawmakers arrived to begin a new session of congress with members in both chambers taking aim at guns. >> this is a fight that the american people are going to have to stand up and stiffen their spine. >> reporter: california democratic senator dianne feinstein plans to introduce a bill to ban more than 100 assault weapons. eight years after the old banshee championed expired. another senate bill would ban high-capacity magazines, and among nearly a dozen gun bills introduced on day one in the house are efforts to ban online sales of ammunition and to require background checks for all firearm sales, including at gun shows. two bills from freshman republican congressmen would allow more guns around schools, echoing the position of the and a half rifle association. >> the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with
. first, we want to bring in cnn's athena jones who is live on capitol hill. what is the vice president's swearing in ceremony going to be like this morning? >> we know that the vice president personally selected supreme court justice sonia sotomayor to do the swearing in. the first hispanic and the fourth judge to do a swearing in. we also know he will be using a family bible. a bible that has been in the family since 1893. this is, we're told it's five inches thick bible and that he used it for every swearing in he had as a u.s. senator and also used it in january of 2009. so, those are just some of the tidbits we know about this coming swearing in. >> so, the vice president has become something of an epic character when it comes to comity, both intentional and unintentional. and last night, he had one of those moments. was it a gaffe or perhaps foreshadowing of what's to come? explain. >> he would say it is a gaffe, but pretty funny. he was speaking at a party, the state society of iowa. a lot of iowa democrats there and you know that iowa is a very important state in presidential el
care in falls church, virginia. athena, i'm sure they've been busy there. what are they telling you? >> reporter: they have been busy. good morning. this is a multiservice facility. they provide dental care as well as medical services. and they've seen an increase in the number of people coming in. let's head inside. this is a facility that treats both dental care, as i said, and flu and other illnesses. they say that more than half of the people coming in in the last few weeks have been coming in with symptom already. they want to see if they have the flu and get treated. the others are coming for vaccinations. they said that just in january alone, the first 12 days of january, they've seen an increase in demand for vaccination, an increase in the number of calls they're getting, especially for young people seeking vaccination shots. randi? >> is there enough to go around? there's been reports that a lot of the places are running out of it. >> reporter: nationwide doctors say there are enough vaccines to go around. there are still millions available. there are spot shortages that w
of immigration laws and reform. here's athena jones with more. >> we're the center of this nation's future. >> reporter: vice president joe biden at a ceremony to welcome the largest number of latinos in congress ever. a critical mass that could help efforts to pass sweeping changes to the immigration system. >> we need to seize the moment. >> reporter: a top priority for the president, who won more than 70% of the hispanic vote in november. after the election, house speaker john boehner signaled republicans could support comprehensive action on legislation. >> i'm not talking about 3,000 page bill. i'm talking about he's a common sense step-by-step approach. secure our borders and fix a broken immigration system. >> reporter: democratic congressman luis gutierrez leads the immigration task force for the hispanic caucus. >> when you deal with the fiscal cliff, this is where the congress is at. far apart. guns, far apart. and immigration, much closer. we all signed on the dotted line? no, there's a lot of work to be done. but the commitment is there to getting the work done. >> reporter: so
. as athena jones reports, the f-d-a is working on new rules that could save *hundreds of lives every year. these guidelines will not be final until of government will approve funding for the fta.fda.... >>> one police department facing excessive force claims. even after the suspect bit up. and avoiding the impromptu bonfires around the bay area. >> also this rainfall for tonight how much longer we can expect this. (male announcer): now, here's stanley roberts who found people behaving badly. >>> dispite comments on facebook this is not the stanford mascot passed out and it's not the latest version of a tree grows in brooklyn but one poster was right it's a tree kicked to the curb, in fact it's that time of year again where relics of christmas pass haunt us because everywhere you look old christmas tree are taking up residence around the bay like this tree which appears to be waiting for a phone call on folsom street . over at alice griffith housing projects discarded trees are being removed as quickly as possible to avoid them being set ablaze most cities have a policy for holiday tree re
. the house is expected to vote this hour on a bill that will extend the debt limit through mid may. athena jones is following this. hello, athena. does this just kick the can down the road? what does this bill really do? >> reporter: hi, martin. it does kick the can down the road, to may to be exact. something some house democrats have a problem with. there's a series of votes that have started now. we could be seeing this go down very, very soon. what this bill does is it suspects the debt ceiling until may. that means treasury can borrow without limit to pay for america's obligations. this is something that gives congress breathing room to deal with some of their other big fiscal challenges that we all know about. it lifts this immediate threat of a default, which is so dangerous not just for the american economy but for the world markets. it does so with a requirement, a price requiring the senate to pass a budget. actually, both houses, each house would have to pass a budget or members of congress won't be paid. their pay will be put in an escrow account are they won't be paid. that's
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" this year. observers wonder what will the overhaul contain and whether it has a chance of passage? athena jones reports this congress will have the largest number of latino members ever, so it could be the year something gets done. >> the vice president, joe biden is welcoming the largest number of latin members that could help with this leaping sweeping changes for the immigration. >> we need to seize the moment. >> 7% of the latin poet. >> john boehner saying that republicans will support comprehensive actions on the emigration. >> i am talking about using common sense and step by step. that will fix a broken immigration system. >> the immigration task force for the emigration. >> this is where the cameras, and this is where the people are, far apart. and immigration are much closer. we have fasigned on the dotted line. but the commitment is there to getting the work done. >> what could this look like. a big question is whether the parties can agree on how to approach the immigration issue. should it be one big bill, which many democrats are pushing, or several smaller ones, which many
it gets to your plate. and possibly makes you sick. as athena jones reports, the government is working on new rules that could save *hundreds of lives every year. >> and listeria cantaloupe and salmonella in peanut butter 130,000 people and apostle hospital and 3000 people died these rules could help stop that. food safety experts. >> this is a great step towards stopping contamination. if it is being spruced on the farm or in a factory. >> domestic and foreign producers would develop a written plan to prevent food borne illness and correct any problems. they also set standards for the sake production of fruits and vegetables. for the safe production. and also for high risk like agricultural, water, equipment and keeping animals out of fields. >> micro will be almicrobial- hazards, things like the coli, the salmonella. those types of illnesses and if people lifarmers will stop the herding and possibility of e-coli.. enforcement means money for inspectors. which is a government concern. athena jones, >> a pair of fundraisers this weekend to benefit alyssa's family. this is heavenly...
than this. >> recommendations on gun policy are expected this month. athena jones, cnn, washington. >> photoshopping a member of congress. and nancy pelosi was left to explain why. you'll see up at the very stop there, four congressmen were added after the fact because they couldn't be there for the original photo. the others, they got tired of waiting in the cold, so they just took the picture and decided to add in the no-shows later. that group of four. okay, that's what happens. well, ahead, winter is a season that always keeps emergency responders busy. especially when they live anywhere near a large stretch of ice. >> of. >> an american airlines pilot has been suspended for allegedly being drunk right before takeoff. tsa agents in minneapolis said they smelled alcohol on the pilot. the 48-year-old man was on the plane yesterday wrapping up his prosecute eflight when he was given a breathalyzer test. he allegedly failed the test and police arrested him. on another plane, a man who got disrupted on a plane from iceland to new york eventually found out he was messing with the wro
. a dress rehearsal for next week's inaugural ceremony. here is athena jones. >> reporter: it was a busy day today. a full dress rehearsal for the big event. we saw the drums and the marching band. members of every branch of the military marching in formation. we had stand ins for vice president biden and president obama as well as the first lady and two little girls standing in for sasha and malia obama. not as many expected this time as four years ago but still quite a crowd. >> what we are hearing is anywhere from 600,000 to 800,000 people coming into the city. you compare that to 2008-2009. the 2008 election, 2009 inauguration, it was almost 2 million. those of us in the business community would love to see 2 million people in the city. we are not looking anywhere near those numbers. >> reporter: maybe not as many as last time but still hundreds of thousands of people. the good news is there are still hotel rooms available if you are willing to pay a large fee. the average price for a night is $600. one more interesting thing to note is the actual official swearing in ceremony will take
this month. athena jones, cnn, washington. >>> a fashion mogul has gone missing. we'll tell you more about vittorio mis circumstance oni and how he run a multi-million dollar fashion brand.e' not happ. so i introduced jill to crest pro-health for life. selected for people over 50. pro-health for life is a toothpaste that defends against tender, inflamed gums, sensitivity and weak enamel. conditions people over 50 experience. crest pro-health for life. so jill can keepiving the good life. crest. life opens up when you do. [heart beating] [heartbeat continues] [heartbeat, music playing louder] ♪ i'm feeling better since you know me... ♪ announcer: this song was created with heartbeats of children in need. find out how it can help frontline health workers bring hope to millions of children at everybeatmatters.org. >>> 20 minutes past the hour now. here are some of our international top stories this morning. indian troops raided a military post in the cashmekashmir regio killing one soldier and critically injuring another. pakistan started firing first, but pakistan accuses indian troops o
in ceremony. >> athena, thanks very much for that. let's follow up with our strategy session. joining us is jamal simmons and ari fleischer, the white house press secretary for george w. bush. jamal, should reverend giglio be punished now for what he said nearly 20 years ago? >> his views clearly don't reflect the president's views and i think the controversy that's erupted is going to overshadow any role that he plays in the inauguration. the thing that's interesting here, we're going to have an entire generation of trouble on this question because he's not a aloan. as we come to new reconciliation and understanding of gay rights, we're going to have to find a way to maybe rehabilitate people who have some views earlier or let them have views that are outside the mainstream on one topic and perhaps more aggressive on another. i think there's going to be a real struggle for us over the next few years as we bring all of this together after this really controversial issue. >> ari, where do you stand on this? >> i think gays are fellow citizens and should be treated with respect as such. to
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